DAVID R. SNYDMAN, MD, FIDSA, an inspirational mentor to students, infectious diseases fellows, and junior faculty for more than 30 years, is the recipient of IDSA’s 2015 Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award. Named to honor the memory of a former IDSA president who was renowned for nurturing the careers of others, this award recognizes individuals who have served as exemplary mentors, and who have been exceptional in guiding the professional growth of infectious diseases professionals. Dr. Snydman is chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, where he serves as the hospital epidemiologist and as an attending physician. He is a professor of medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine and holds additional appointments in the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology in the University’s Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. An accomplished researcher with broad interests in transplant-related infectious diseases, infection control, and clinical microbiology, his impressive career has been marked by a deep commitment to the success of the people who work with him, many of whom still rely on his wise advice years after leaving his direct mentorship. As a division chief at Tufts, Dr. Snydman was an innovator in developing a formal mentorship program in the late 1990s, modeled on a PhD thesis committee structure, to provide more guidance to fellows as they progress through their training.The approach has effectively prepared the program’s graduates for jobs in research, clinical care, and government positions. Among the nearly 40 trainees for whom he has been their primary mentor, many have gone on to pursue their own careers in academic medicine. For the past 10 years, Dr. Snydman has also served as director of a successful National Institutes of Health-funded grant program at Tufts to train independent infectious diseases investigators in clinical research, spending many hours working with fellows. He has touched the lives of countless others through his involvement in their projects, joint papers, and other forms of valuable mentorship and guidance. Among his many successful trainees, many consider him their most important mentor and role model for mentoring their own trainees. Dr. Snydman’s good counsel and unfailing support of his trainees and staff have earned him the everlasting gratitude of those fortunate enough to have worked with him. Dr. Snydman received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1972. He pursued an internship and residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As an EIS officer, he was a co-describer of Lyme disease in the initial 1977 article published in Arthritis and Rheumatism. He then completed a clinical and research fellowship in infectious diseases at Tufts-New England Medical Center, before joining the medical school faculty there in 1979. A leader in the field of infectious diseases in the immunocompromised host, Dr. Snydman has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, and nearly 100 invited reviews, book chapters, and editorials. He has edited 20 books on these and other topics, including the third edition of Transplant Infections. He has been a reviewer and an author for multiple editions of guidelines developed by the Infectious Diseases Community of Practice of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the Transplantation Society, and the International Immunocompromised Host Society, and he served as the vice-chair of the American Society of Transplant Physicians (ASTP) Infectious Diseases Committee from 1995 to 1998. He has served on numerous NIH study sections. Most notable among his contributions was his seminal role in the development of cytomegalovirus immune globulin for the prevention of CMV disease following solid organ transplantation. In conjunction with these studies, he elucidated the epidemiologic relationship of cytomegalovirus infection to indirect effects on outcome, including mortality, graft loss, and opportunistic infections. Dr. Snydman has been a member of multiple advisory committees, including the Food and Drug Administration, data safety monitoring boards, and medical advisory boards, providing further evidence of his broad-ranging mentorship at the institutional, state, national, and international levels. In demand for his insights on transplant infectious diseases and healthcare epidemiology issues, he has received many visiting scholar and distinguished faculty awards, including a Distinguished Faculty Award from Tufts University School of Medicine, in recognition of his teaching, scholarship, and service to the university. He has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including service for the past 16 years as the section editor of the Immunocompromised Host section of Clinical Infectious Diseases. For his strong dedication to helping so many others meet their career goals in the .eld of infectious diseases, and for serving as an excellent example of the type of physician they hope to become themselves, IDSA is delighted to recognize Dr. Snydman with the 2015 Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award.
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